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Former SIU coach Jerry Kill to head athletics department

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Former Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill is taking over the athletics department, effective immediately. Chancellor Carlo Montemagno made the move Thursday after deciding not to renew athletic director Tommy Bell’s contract, which expires next month. He says it is time “to make a change in leadership that will help the…

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Loyola-Chicago rewards Moser with new deal through 2025-26

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Loyola-Chicago rewarded coach Porter Moser with a new contract through the 2025-26 season for a captivating Final Four run on Wednesday. Though financial terms were not announced, Moser figured to be in line for a raise after the Ramblers captured the nation’s imagination last month. “He is…

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Illinois signs 5 more for Underwood’s 2nd season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has signed five players to national letters of intent, including three guards and a 7-footer from Senegal. Coach Brad Underwood said Wednesday the Illini signed guards Andres Feliz (Northwest Florida State Junior College), Alan Griffin (Archbishop Stepinac, N.Y.) and Tevian Jones (Culver City, Calif.), forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (The Patrick School,…

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Loyola to test Kansas State’s strong D in regional final

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Kansas State has been an afterthought through the NCAA Tournament — until now. Even in the South Region, where the top four seeds were bounced out on the first weekend — a first for the NCAA Tournament — no one was really talking about these Wildcats. There…

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Loyola has hoops fans ‘sitting on the edge of their chairs’

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Loyola-Chicago’s stirring run through the NCAA Tournament has inspired memories of the Ramblers’ championship 55 years ago. The graying reminders of that history are hanging on every win. Sitting in front-row seats, four members of that 1963 Loyola championship team were glued to every play Thursday night,…

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Loyola eyes Tennessee, Buffalo gets Kentucky after upsets

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Loyola-Chicago might have been the first Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament 55 years ago, and Buffalo might be the latest. That’s even if someone gets into the term “Cinderella.” “Everybody thinks we should be here,” Buffalo guard Jeremy Harris said Friday, a day after the Bulls’ 89-68…

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Fifth-seed DePaul holds off Oklahoma 90-79

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — DePaul started off hot from behind the arc and held off gritty Oklahoma. Amarah Coleman and Kelly Campbell each scored 17 points and fifth-seeded DePaul held off a second-half comeback by Oklahoma Friday in the opening round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. “It’s always won by the players,” DePaul coach…

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Wheaton College, players sued in alleged attack of player

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A former Wheaton College football player who authorities say was duct-taped and then dumped half-naked in a park by teammates is suing the school and the players. In the lawsuit filed Friday, Charles Nagy says the 2016 attack was part of a hazing tradition at the suburban Chicago Christian college that…

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Loyola-Chicago lifted by 98-year-old nun, fan in Sister Jean

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Loyola-Chicago’s biggest fan is the team chaplain who prays with the players before games and gives them scouting reports the next day. So 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt was more thankful than shocked when Donte Ingram hit a last-second 3-pointer to beat Miami in the Ramblers’ first…

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Miami seeks more NCAA success in Texas vs hot Loyola-Chicago

DALLAS (AP) — No. 6 seed Miami (22-9) vs. No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago (28-5) First round, South Region; Thursday, 3:10 p.m. ET BOTTOM LINE: Miami is making its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and is back in Texas for the first time since winning twice in Austin to make the Sweet 16 in…

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Deep sleepers: Who could wreck brackets in March?

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer Underdogs are a big part of NCAA Tournament lore and almost every year a few double-digit seeds make a surprising run deep into the bracket. Here are a few of the candidates — from No. 10 all the way to No. 16 — that could wreck some brackets over the…

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Drought over, Loyola gets its shining moment with NCAA spot

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — As the players walked into the video room at the end of a grueling boot camp last fall, Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser made sure “One Shining Moment” was playing. He wanted his team to hear that anthem of the NCAA, to see what the payoff…

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Rambling on: Loyola up for first NCAA tourney in 33 years

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser recalled dinners with Rick Majerus. Whether they went to a fancy restaurant or a greasy spoon, it was always a local joint and never some middle-of-the-road national chain. There was no such thing as a quick bite, either, even if his…

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Illinois competed, struggled during Underwood’s first season

By JAMES BOYD, Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois opened its season on a six-game winning streak for the first time in four years. The Illini only won eight more games the rest of the season and were knocked out in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. It was just the third time…

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New Mexico St. cruises past Chicago St. WAC opener, 97-70

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zach Lofton put up 21 points and Jemerrio Jones pulled down 15 rebounds and top-seeded New Mexico State cruised past Chicago State 97-70 in a first-round game in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night. The Aggies advance to a semifinal contest Friday. New Mexico State (26-5) took a 45-26…

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Rowsey scores 25 for Marquette, Strus misses game winner

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marquette extended its streak of reaching the Big East Tournament quarterfinals every year since joining the league in 2005-06. The Golden Eagles barely did it this year to keep their chances of making the NCAA Tournament alive. Andrew Rowsey scored 25 points and seventh-seeded Marquette blew…

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DePaul women hit 16 treys, rout Marquette for Big East crown

CHICAGO (AP) — Amarah Coleman scored a career-high 27 points and No. 2 seed DePaul routed top-seeded Marquette 98-63 on Tuesday night for the Big East Conference Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth. DePaul (26-7) made 16 3-pointers, one shy of a tournament record. Each Blue Demon starter finished in double-scoring after three quarters. Coleman…

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